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TOWN OF IXONIA - The Oconomowoc Area School District will host a groundbreaking event May 19 at Ixonia Elementary School, which will be the site of $8.2 million in renovations beginning this summer. 

Staff, parents and members of the community are invited to the school, N8425 North St., at 11 a.m. for a ceremony involving music, tours and speeches about the renovations, which are expected to be completed in August 2018, according to a news release from the school district. 

The renovations are part of the voter-approved 2016 school referendum. The referendum called for $54.9 million to upgrade school facilities and build the new Meadow View Elementary School.

Construction work at Ixonia Elementary includes relocating three classrooms from the basement to the main level; renovating existing classroom spaces; replacing heating, ventilation and mechanical systems; replacing portions of the roof; building secure main entrances; building a dedicated cafeteria; and adding a cooling system, the news release said. 

Excavation will begin immediately after the ceremony, and construction will begin in June once classes are out for the summer, the release said.

Principal Stacy Yearling said the upgrades will benefit students for years to come.

“Ixonia's visionary team has spent a great deal of time over the past six months creating a school design that honors the history and pride of this community, while offering our students learning spaces that will enhance their experiences and launch us into the future," she said in the release. 

To learn more about construction projects within the school district and get updates on progress, visit oasd.org and click on "building our future projects updates."

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